Abundant’s Creative Team

Abundant‘s creative team leaders are uniquely qualified to develop the accurate, informative, emotionally on-key content required for this disruptive documentary series to hit its mark.  Maitri River Productions creative teams are led by writers, researchers, filmmakers and editors whose skills are well matched with production needs.

Executive Producer, Writer & Director - Donald Griswold

Donald Griswold is an author, director, writer and producer. Donald is the creative force and writing leader on Abundant. As an experienced writer and director, Donald drives the vision and direction for project. The concept for Abundant originated from Donald’s first novel, Dying Light.  Donald is the owner of Maitri River Productions, the producer of Abundant.

Donald owns Dog Star Media, a nationally-recognized boutique medical marketing firm working with specialized medical practices. For more than twenty years, Donald has written, directed and produced a wide range of video projects ranging from full-length DVD concepts to television commercials. Donald’s formal education in Radio, Television and Film features a concentration in film writing.
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Executive Producer, Writer & Director - Donald Griswold

Donald Griswold is an author, director, writer and producer. Donald is the creative force and writing leader on Abundant. As an experienced writer and director, Donald drives the vision and direction for project. The concept for Abundant originated from Donald’s first novel, Dying Light.  Donald is the owner of Maitri River Productions, the producer of Abundant.

Donald owns Dog Star Media, a nationally-recognized boutique medical marketing firm working with specialized medical practices. For more than twenty years, Donald has written, directed and produced a wide range of video projects ranging from full-length DVD concepts to television commercials. Donald’s formal education in Radio, Television and Film features a concentration in film writing.
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Producer- Laurie Lee

Touched by her father’s successful liver transplant in 2011, Laurie Lee donated her kidney as a nondirected donor in 2016 to pay the gift her father was given forward.  Laurie’s kidney donation resulted in a 6 people receiving life-saving kidney transplants.   Her goal was to show people how easy it is to make a difference, and save somebody’s life by “giving one, because we have two!”  Her mission is to inspire a culture shift where people are focused on the abundance of organs that exist vs the organ shortage that we hear about in the media every day.  Laurie is a founding member of Transplant Village and facilitates a monthly Kidney Champion Program at Northwestern Medicine.  This program teaches people how to find living organ donors.  You can follow Laurie’s transplant journey on her blog, Spare Parts.

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Producer- Laurie Lee

Touched by her father’s successful liver transplant in 2011, Laurie Lee donated her kidney as a nondirected donor in 2016 to pay the gift her father was given forward.  Laurie’s kidney donation resulted in a 6 people receiving life-saving kidney transplants.   Her goal was to show people how easy it is to make a difference, and save somebody’s life by “giving one, because we have two!”  Her mission is to inspire a culture shift where people are focused on the abundance of organs that exist vs the organ shortage that we hear about in the media every day.  Laurie is a founding member of Transplant Village and facilitates a monthly Kidney Champion Program at Northwestern Medicine.  This program teaches people how to find living organ donors.  You can follow Laurie’s transplant journey on her blog, Spare Parts.

Director of Photography & Editor - Wyatt Cagle

Wyatt Cagle is one of the most highly-sought after editors in the Southwest. Wyatt has worked extensively in broadcast television, feature film, documentary, short film and industrial video as both a director of photography and editor. Wyatt owned and operated CGL Studios in Houston, Texas for more than ten years. Wyatt owns South Coast Film and Video, one of Texas’ most experienced production facilities with a 40-year history of production excellence. Some of Wyatt’s credits include Director of Photography on The Breakdance Kid (2006) and Director and Editor of the award- winning short film, The Example (2016). He has edited numerous television series including Profiles with Greg Sheinman (2008-2012) for PBS, Mr. Hell (2006), Shooting Stars (2010- 2012) for Fox Sports and Super Bowl LI Pre-Game Show for Fox Sports (2017). Wyatt has edited more than fifteen television show pilots and has produced more than 500 commercials for major brands including Dr. Pepper, Miller Lite, Verizon and Dodge. He has produced industrial video with leading brands such as United Airlines, Wal-Mart, Kroger, HP and Boeing.
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Director of Photography & Editor - Wyatt Cagle

Wyatt Cagle is one of the most highly-sought after editors in the Southwest. Wyatt has worked extensively in broadcast television, feature film, documentary, short film and industrial video as both a director of photography and editor. Wyatt owned and operated CGL Studios in Houston, Texas for more than ten years. Wyatt owns South Coast Film and Video, one of Texas’ most experienced production facilities with a 40-year history of production excellence. Some of Wyatt’s credits include Director of Photography on The Breakdance Kid (2006) and Director and Editor of the award- winning short film, The Example (2016). He has edited numerous television series including Profiles with Greg Sheinman (2008-2012) for PBS, Mr. Hell (2006), Shooting Stars (2010- 2012) for Fox Sports and Super Bowl LI Pre-Game Show for Fox Sports (2017). Wyatt has edited more than fifteen television show pilots and has produced more than 500 commercials for major brands including Dr. Pepper, Miller Lite, Verizon and Dodge. He has produced industrial video with leading brands such as United Airlines, Wal-Mart, Kroger, HP and Boeing.
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Researcher/Writer - Hal Karp

Hal Karp’s work in journalism has spanned the spectrum, from parenting and public health to true-life adventure and business. His Reader’s Digest article on the dangerous misuse of child safety seats broke open not just a national story, but the discovery of an international problem. Reprinted in 19 languages, his article spurred changes to state, national, and international laws. His Family Circle article about a high school built atop a toxic waste dump left behind by the U.S. Army (resulting in graduates dying with unexpected cancers) was nominated for a National Magazine Award and led to the final shuttering of the school. And for his piece on eating disorders, he was given the “Star of Hope” award from one of the nation’s leading advocacy groups. His work has also appeared in Parents, American Way, D Magazine, and Black Enterprise. Hal also broke the amazing crime story that eventually became Tickled, the 2016 documentary that was in the running for an Academy Award nomination.
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Researcher/Writer - Hal Karp

Hal Karp’s work in journalism has spanned the spectrum, from parenting and public health to true-life adventure and business. His Reader’s Digest article on the dangerous misuse of child safety seats broke open not just a national story, but the discovery of an international problem. Reprinted in 19 languages, his article spurred changes to state, national, and international laws. His Family Circle article about a high school built atop a toxic waste dump left behind by the U.S. Army (resulting in graduates dying with unexpected cancers) was nominated for a National Magazine Award and led to the final shuttering of the school. And for his piece on eating disorders, he was given the “Star of Hope” award from one of the nation’s leading advocacy groups. His work has also appeared in Parents, American Way, D Magazine, and Black Enterprise. Hal also broke the amazing crime story that eventually became Tickled, the 2016 documentary that was in the running for an Academy Award nomination.